Heritage Impact 150 organisers Craig Bush and Ann Barsby say the event is an excellent chance to hear world experts on industrial heritage speak. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum will be the place to be for
anyone with an interest in the past when the Heritage Impact
150 starts next month.
Held in conjunction with the Gasworks150 festival, the 150th
anniversary of the first production of town gas in Dunedin,
the industrial heritage symposium from October 3-5 will
feature world experts on heritage.
Key speakers will be former London Science Museum director
Sir Neil Cossons and New Zealand potter and conservationist
Barry Brickell. They are to give their presentations in the
''fitting shop'' at the museum.
''We think it is fitting to have a symposium in the fitting
shop,'' event organiser Craig Bush said.
''It's an opportunity to hear world-leading experts speak
about industrial heritage.''
The gasworks museum was a key part of Dunedin's industrial
heritage, Mr Bush said. It was the first site in New Zealand
where town gas was produced and the gasworks was regarded as
the best example in the world of a works that still had
The gasworks had an interesting past. Historical papers
contained stories of explosions at the plant and in people's
homes, and in some cases, people unknowingly gassed
It was important to preserve industrial heritage because
without it, people would not know how things were done in the
past, Mr Bush said.
Southern Heritage Trust founder Ann Barsby said heritage
preservation was not just about looking backwards. Dunedin
was a leading centre in heritage regeneration, which could
lead to tourism opportunities and re-use of old buildings for
Other events in the Gas-works150 festival will include a
fancy-dress gaslight gala party and a two-day bus tour of
Otago and Southland heritage sites.
For more information, call Ann on (03) 479-0169 or Craig on
(03) 477-8048, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
- by Jonathan Chilton-Towle